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There are two pieces of news today, one very exciting!
The first being that Reese is rumoured to produce and star in an adaptation of the Jen Sacks novel Nice. Here is what joblo.com had to say about it:
This chick is just too nice and can’t seem to break up with her boyfriends. So, trying out something new, she decides to kill one particular boyfriend. And finding that she gets away with it (it’s mistaken for a gay suicide), she decides to do it again. And again.
Sounds pretty exciting, hey?
The second piece of news is that Reese has topped a recent list as the most liked celebrity among ten women who regularly found their way onto magazine covers and into gossip columns in 2007. People aged 13 and over (over 1000 of them!) were asked this question and Reese topped the list with a personal appeal rating of 74 percent, followed by former Friends TV star Jennifer Aniston at 70 percent. Way to go Reese!
According to Variety, Reese Witherspoon has been approached to play Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian.
According to the report, Fox has moved the sequel’s release date to May 22nd, 2009, switching places with James Cameron’s Avatar, which will now open December 18th, 2009 — the same weekend that Cameron’s Titanic did in 1997. The move was made in an effort to give Cameron more time for post-production.
The screenplay for Smithsonian was written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon who also wrote Night at the Museum. Scott Frank did a rewrite. The sequel will be the first major Hollywood movie shot at the museum complex in Washington, DC. Shawn Levy will return to direct and Ben Stiller will return to star. The original movie, released last Christmas, grossed $252 million domestically and another $323 million overseas.
While Night at the Museum was a cute and fun film, I personally think that Reese deserves better than a sequel. I assume Earhart would be one of the historical figures come to life at night so it would be a supporting role for Reese, not even a starring one.
Here’s some information about Amelia Earhart, whom Reese would portray. Whatever I may personally think of her starring in this movie, I still think Amelia is a very fascinating character.
Amelia Mary Earhart (24 July 1897 – missing 2 July 1937, declared deceased 5 January 1939) was a noted American aviation pioneer, author and women’s rights advocate. Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, which she was awarded as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for women pilots.
October 17, 2007 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on New Project Rumor – Morning Glory
JoBlo.com is reporting that Reese is in talks to star in another romantic comedy:
Roger Michell (Notting Hill) has signed on to direct the JJ Abrams produced romantic comedy Morning Glory. Paramount recently paid big bucks for rights to the script, which was written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).
The film follows a faltering morning news producer who recruits an iconic but difficult anchorman, who sadly isn’t Ron Burgandy, to revive the ratings of her “Today”-like show. In talks to star in the film are Reese Witherspoon and Harrison Ford, who will play Captain Kirk.
Oh wait, that’s that other JJ Abrams movie. Abrams, despite only making his feature directorial debut on M:I:III, has become a force in Hollywood producing a number of high profile projects including Cloverfield/1-18-08 and the upcoming Star Trek “reboot,” which he will also direct.
Filming on Morning Glory is scheduled to begin this fall.
September 14, 2007 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on Reese for Tokyo Suckerpunch?
The delightfully titled Tokyo Suckerpunch, which Tobey Maguire has been developing as producer and star for two years with screenwriter Ed Solomon (Men in Black) and producers Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick (Memoirs of a Geisha), has also recently picked up momentum. Now it looks like the movie — a romantic comedy/action/modern noir hybrid that uses live-action and anime — will reunite Maguire with Pleasantville costar Reese Witherspoon and writer-director Gary Ross, who also directed him in Seabiscuit.
“One of the most attractive things about it is that it combines anime with live action,” says Ross, who mixed black-and- white and color footage as a thematic device in Pleasantville, his 1998 directorial debut. “It presents a lot of stylistic opportunities in how you shoot the live action so that it works harmonically.”
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As promised, Glamour Reese Witherspoon has provided you with high quality scans of Reese’s awesome cover & spread in the August 24th issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. In the article they state Reese will begin Four Christimases in the Winter, and next year the longly delayed Our Family Trouble (aka Bell Witch). Regular visitors will know that Our Family Trouble has been on and off since late 2005. Four Christmases, in which Reese would co-star alongside Vince Vaugn was just recently annouced in July.
Also an interesting mention in the article, Rendition co-producer Mark Martin says he initially had actress Cate Blanchett in mind for the role of Isabella El-Ibrahim, but Steve Golin, one of the producing partners, says he saw Reese in the role right away. He said “The movie is about somebody you love disapearing, and Reese is such a beloved actress – she’s such a girl-next-door type, only more beautiful – it makes what she goes through more relatable.” Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂 There was also a new movie still from Rendition in the piece. Happy viewing!
July 17, 2007 • Category: Role Rumors
Comments Off on ‘Honey West’ The Movie
The New York Post reports that writer Leslie Dixon (The Thomas Crown Affair) is warm to the idea of a big-screen version of the short lived television series Honey West for 20th Century Fox. The fox who wants in on the honey? Reese Witherspoon.
Honey West was a smoking-hot private eye with a lipstick walkie-talkie, earrings that doubled as smoke bombs and a way with judo. She was like Honor Blackman’s Pussy Galore in Goldfinger – but even sexier!
Witherspoon’s screen characters – even the dizzy-but-not-dumb heroine of Legally Blonde – are famously determined. She won the Oscar for her true grit performance as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. She does not suffer fools, on- or off-screen. She once told me, “I’ll never play a victim.” Reese could bring a lot of no-nonsense sizzle to this project. Writer Dixon wants to keep the movie retro – ’60s – and true to the dark, rather perverse feel of the show.
There’s many a slip twixt the concept and the first day of shooting, but Witherspoon is said to be looking super-sexy and dynamic these days; looking in fact very likely to pull a gun and kick your butt.
There is no official word from Ms. Witherspoon or her representatives so for now it’s only hear say, but will be sure to report if we hear otherwise!
Yay, Variety reports that Reese has signed on to star and produce a new movie, Midnight!
Universal Pictures will develop a remake of the 1939 comedy Midnight as a star vehicle for Reese Witherspoon scripted by Michael Arndt, who won the Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine.
Stuber/Parent partners Mary Parent and Scott Stuber will produce with Witherspoon and her Type A Films partner Jennifer Simpson. Arndt hatched the idea, which prompted the producers to team.
Midnight has “long been one of my favorite films, and it is easily one of the best comedies of the ’30s,” Arndt said. “Being given the chance to update the film with Reese in the lead is simply a dream come true.”
In the original, Claudette Colbert starred as a destitute young woman in Paris who becomes a pawn when a wealthy man tries to get rid of the gigolo wooing his wife. John Barrymore also starred in the film that was directed by Mitchell Leisen and written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder.
The original was released by Paramount but became U property when the studio bought the pre-1948 Par library.
Project will not be next for Witherspoon, who’s deciding between several films for her next slot. She’s repped by CAA and Management 360 and Arndt by Endeavor.
According to Variety, Reese Witherspoon and Type A Films are producing a new movie, Under the Bridge:
Reese Witherspoon’s Type A Films is developing Under the Bridge, based on Rebecca Godfrey’s true-crime account of a brutal high school murder. Thirteen helmer Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct the pic.
There’s no word yet on whether Witherspoon will star in Bridge, which will chronicle the 1997 killing of high school student Reena Virk in a small British Columbia town and the ensuing investigation and prosecution. Godfrey, who’s from the same area, returned to her hometown to research the eight high schoolers who were charged in the case, investigating the cliques at the group’s well-off school as well as the life of Virk, the daughter of Indian immigrants. Two of the students were convicted in 2005.
Type A has bought both film rights to the book and life rights to Godfrey’s story, with the possibility of the author herself becoming a character in the pic.
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